Kara Lavender Law
Dr. Kara Lavender Law is a Research Professor of Oceanography at SEA Semester Environmental Studies in Woods Hole & at Sea.
PhD - Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD, Physical Oceanography, 2001 BS - Duke University, Mathematics, 1994
Research Areas & Interests
Dr. Law's research interests include large-scale and mesoscale ocean circulation; intermediate and deep water formation in the North Atlantic and its role in the meridional overturning circulation; the distribution of plastic marine debris driven by ocean physics; and the degradation and ultimate fate of plastics in the ocean.
- Co-Principal Investigator, Marine Debris Working Group, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011-2015
- Member, Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) Working Group 40: Sources, fate and effects of micro-plastics in the environment – a global assessment, 2012-2015
- Participant, National Academy of Sciences Discussion Forum: Micro-plastics in the marine environment & potential human health risks, April 2014
- Member, Ocean Health Index Scientific Research Team, 2010-2012.
- Board of Directors, Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association, 2014-present.
The Longest Swim Support Team
She is a member of The Longest Swim, a transoceanic swim by Ben Lecomte who will swim across the Pacific Ocean starting in December 2015 along with the following researchers, scientists and physicians:
- Dr. Linda Amaral-Zettler
- Dr. Ken Buesseler
- Dr. Michael DeGrandpre
- Dr. Kara Lavender Law
- Dr. Tracy Mincer
- Dr. Gerald Chris Shank
- Dr. Tracy Villareal
- Dr. Erik Zettler
- Dr. Molly S. Bray
- Dr. Edward Coyle
- Dr. Adrian Leblanc
- Dr. Benjamin Levine
- Dr. Scott Parazynski